Living in the Lone Star State sure has its benefits. I’ve lived all over the state including Plano, Laredo, Houston, and Dallas. The one thing that’s been consistent in all of those places is the freedom I’ve had to choose my own energy plan. Living in a state where energy is deregulated sure is a nice benefit. When I first had to sign up for electricity service, I went to http://texaselectricityrates.org/stream-energy-tx/ for details about the services offered and the rates I could expect to pay. I had two options. I could either call them for more information, or I could fill out a brief form. I decided to give them a call.
The representative I spoke with was very friendly. She asked me for my name, phone number, and ZIP Code, and then proceeded to tell me all about my options. I decided right at that moment to sign up. Based on my previous research, I knew I wasn’t going to find a better rate anywhere else. I’ve been with that company ever since. They’ve been in business for years now, and I like the fact that I’ve always been able to count on them. Being able to rely on your energy provider is a really important thing, because without electricity, your home goes dark.
I think that if I ever away from the area, and have a hard time adjusting to life without deregulation. It seems to me like having options is the best way to go. As a consumer, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want the freedom to shop around in order to receive the best rate. I’m fortunate that I live where I do, so that’s not an issue for me. In the future, I hope that we continue along this path, and encourage competition between businesses. It’s good for consumers.